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Help for Haiti (or tell the extreme Right to shut the hell up)

I’m blessed to have such a variety of friends.  That variety can extend to our political issues, as I have some pretty conservative friends, in contrast to my own stalwart liberalism.  (That said, I have some friends who are so green/liberal that I probably look like a Republican to them.)  I like to think that we all mutually respect each other, but there are times when I feel that the polarizing effects of this country land up in my living room.  One particular event comes to mind where I was chastised in my own home for watching MSNBC.  Even when I watch my liberally slanted television, I’m plenty aware and critical of it.  I’d like to think I don’t really need anyone telling me how to be a good person (or a good liberal) and that I’m self-critical enough to evaluate any information in front of me.  Mind you, Fox News is a staple in the criticizer’s home, and I rarely hear about how Glenn Beck whores himself out for his advertisers, Sean Hannity pushes the astroturf Tea Party movement, or Bill O’Reilly says that gay marriage is equivalent to marrying a duck.

But recent days have me particularly pissed.  Most people are aware of the horrific earthquake that rocked Haiti, leavings thousands dead or dying.  Most decent human beings have endeavored to tap into our better angels.  American generosity is unrivaled, and our President and other leaders have asked us to open our hearts to those in need.  But it seems that the right wing of our country, those who claim to be on the side of God, doesn’t seem to think that one of the biggest disasters to hit since the Indian ocean tsunami a couple years ago is worth talking about.

Pray tell, what’s so newsworthy that Glenn Beck could only spend 37 seconds on the earthquake?  Oh, right Sarah Palin.  And who her favorite founding father is.  Seriously, if I were a FNC regular viewer, I’d be so pissed with them.  When MSNBC does wrong, they certainly get emails, from me, at least.  But is there anything really worse than this?

You know, he tried to take it back. He meant Hades, not Haiti. (I didn’t know that Hades was next to the Dominican Republic.)   Can anything top that?  Well, have any of you heard the rantings of Rush Limbaugh recently?

And it gets worse… he thinks that “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”   Haiti doesn’t seem to deserve Limbaugh’s concern, because they produce “zilch, zero, nada.”

Where are your Christian virtues?  Please, please, ignore those heartless people and donate to the relief effort.  Don’t freak out about going to whitehouse.gov, which only links to the Red Cross.  You can go to the Red Cross directly or donate where I do, at the great organization Doctors Without Borders.  Credit card companies American Express, Mastercard, and Visa have also decided to waive their fees for the relief effort.  The list of the charities covered by that has not been released, but you’re most likely safe with the biggest ones, like the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders.  Let’s send a big “shut up” to the right wing, who so terribly misrepresent their constituents.

Support Doctors Without Borders in Haiti

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